Losing your language in prison | KALW

Losing your language in prison

May 16, 2018

Imagine if you forgot how to speak the language you learned as a child — a language that gave you an identity, a language that says, "Hey you belong here, you're one of us." How will your sense of self be impacted?

"I met some of my Vietnamese peers and to me they seem to me they speak Vietnamese very fluently. And I try to converse with them in Vietnamese but I find it very difficult. I can't find the words to express myself, but I can do it in English, and so I kind of question myself: Why is it so difficult for me to speak in Vietnamese when I speak it at home?"

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